I first discovered this forum about 3 weeks ago. At that time I really enjoyed bourbon but was fairly limited to what I had tried. I was drinking the Jim Beam Small Batch line (mostly Knob Creek) and Blantons. After reading lots of postings and getting some feedback to try various distilleries I have puchased about 7 additional bottles and tried all but one of them. I have bought and tried the Eagle Rare 10 yr., Kentucky Spirit, Rare Breed, Evan Williams 1990 single Barrel, Makers Mark, and Woodford Reserve. I have not yet tried the 20 yr. Hirsch which I am saving for the birth of my son in about 7 weeks. Out of all I have tried, I have really liked all except two. I don't like the Makers Mark much at all and will offer it to guests who choose to mix with Coke. The Eagle Rare is one I'm having a hard time deciding whether I like or not. I do not know the Mashbill of these bourbons but I have gathered from the postings I've been reading that I am leaning towards Rye over Wheat. If this is so it makes me wonder what I should make my next purchase (besides beginning to horde 2nd and 3rd bottles of the ones I like). My local store has Russels Reserve and 12 yr. Wild Rurkey which I intend to purchase. It also has the Heritage Collection (Weller Centennial, Old Charter Proprieters Reserve, Very Special Old Fitz.). Does my tendency appear to others to be leaning towards rye? If so should I base buying decisions on anti-wheat or am I judging wheaters to harshly based on Makers Mark. And where does the Eagle Rare fall in these categories. Any recommendations for new purchases would be great.
I must say that I have really enjoyed tasting the differences in what I've bought so far. Now I'm just looking for trends so I might focus my funds and energy towards Bourbons I am more likely to enjoy.
I appreciate any feedback,
High Desert Whiskey Fan